Jul 2018 Checking in from AirVenture 2018
It’s high time I checked in from THE BIG SHOW -Â AirVenture 2018! It’s been a crazy-busy couple days since touching down on 36 Right just before they shut down arrivals for the day on Sunday. Instead of Indy, this year my flight to OSH began at Atchison, Kansas where I’d just attended the Amelia Earhart Festival. At Festival end, I found myself there car-less and airplane-less and needing a hero to get me to OSH. Bet you can guess that hero was Boyd flying his RV7!
Turns out the 397 n.m. flight, at a true airspeed of 145 knots, took us 11 HOURS.Â Much of that time was spent flying circles in a holding pattern around Green Lake due to heavy arrival congestion at Oshkosh. Mass formation arrivals combined with the first decent flying day out of several prior days, turned Sunday’s arrivals into mass chaos. Fisk controllers were clearly overworked and frustrated at having to send hundreds of aircraft back around for yet another try. Pilots were frustrated and nervous at repeatedly circling Rush or Green Lakes while trying to maintain 90 knots, 1800′ agl, and one mile spacing, constantly dodging aircraft flying at random altitudes and air speeds. Suffice it to say, it was a zoo. I’m happy to report we were one of the last aircraft who made it to OSH before they shut down arrivals for the day on Sunday. We are here!!